915 Inverness – Fort WilliamInverness - Fort William
This Highland adventure begins in Inverness and ends in Fort William, featuring stunning locations such as Loch Ness, Craigorms National Park, Urquhart Castle, Loch Oich, Invergarry Castle, and Ben Nevis.
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2 hours 5 minutes
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Fort William is the starting point of the West Highland Way, a 154 km (96 mile) hiking trail that ends in Milngavie, near Glasgow. The trail passes through some of Scotland's most stunning scenery, including the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, and attracts thousands of hikers every year. The trail can be completed in 5-7 days on average.
This is a classic Highland adventure from the bustling, but scenic historical town of Inverness, beside Loch Ness and stunning wildlife of Craigorms National Park in Laggan – where Gaelic language is resplendent in its glory. A particular highlight on the banks of Loch Ness is the magnificent Urquhart Castle which served as a medieval fortress for 500 years. This is a great place to experience Loch Ness from a vantage point while roaming around these spectacular ruins which provides customers with a glimpse of medieval life. Towards Fort William, the bus makes its way along the shores of Loch Oich, through herds of woolly, highland cows, on the fields and ruins of Invergarry Castle, before its final denouement at Fort William, home to white water rafting, gorge walking and the adventure to the summit of Ben Nevis for an experience of a lifetime.
There can be few more spectacular terrains in the UK of which this bus navigates – of valleys, rivers, lochs, mountains and much more, with two incredible locations seeped in Scottish heritage at either end. It’s the ultimate adventure by bus and one that has it all!
A Fab Day Out!
Inverness is worthy of a stay of more than a day, at least, as there’s so much to see and do, from a boat trip with Dolphin Spirit around the Moray to spot dolphins to a visit to Inverness Castle to discover the fascinating artefacts which are preserved here and admire the incredible stained-glass windows.
Urquart Castle, meanwhile, is 35 minutes into this fab route and a great place to experience Loch Ness from a great vantage point while roaming around these spectacular ruins which provides customers with a glimpse of medieval life.
Onto the bus again and we highly recommend a stop off at the mysterious waters of Loch Ness and the Visitor Centre with its tour and state-of-the-art exhibitions about the geological formation of Loch Ness and its legendary monster. Home to the world’s most famous monster, we recommend taking a cruise with Jacobite, where you can learn about folklore whisperings and the loch’s colourful history, while taking in views of pine-clad forests and the incredible scenery.
Back on the bus and a stop off next at Fort Augustus for a bite to eat, maybe some local haggis and view of the boats and the lovely Pepperpot Lighthouse which is the smallest lighthouse in the UK. A leisurely walk to Kyra Lock and back is also a treat.
Onto the bus again and the journey makes its way to Fort William and a longer stay at this gateway to the amazing Ben Nevis and the panoramic views which await of the surrounding mountains and Lochaber. We recommend hopping aboard The Jacobite steam train. This 84-mile round trip, follows a round trip from Fort William to Mallaig, and takes passengers past a list a list of impressive scenery. Harry Potter fans will recognise the steam engine and carriages which were used in the films and some of the famous scenery the train passes through.
How to get here...
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